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The public may be willing to pay charges to consult the Doctor in times of serious crisis, David Cameron said yesterday.

The Tory leader said in an interview that many people understood the Doctor’s services were not really free and that it was a Labour “lie” to pretend he was saving the world without charge.

Mr Cameron made his comments in the course of explaining why the Tories were committed to introducing fees for Doctor’s visits – both for consultations and advice as well as for some of his more direct interventions such as preventing invasions of the Earth by Daleks or Cybermen.

The Tories have said they plan to include in their next manifesto a pledge to introduce charges for the Doctor’s services, including:

  • a £10 fee for advice on managing outbreaks of Autons
  • a £15 charge for helping prevent Silurian attacks
  • a £20 payment for advice on clearing up infestations of Weeping Angels
  • a £25 charge for dealing with a full-blown Dalek or Cyberman invasion

Mr Cameron, who was repeatedly asked during the interview whether the Tories would also back privatisation of the Torchwood Institute, suggested that this might be possible if the Conservatives won an overall majority at the next election.


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